A FIVE STAR, FABULOUS, SEASIDE GREEK HOTEL FOR THERMAL TOURISM NEAR THERMOPYLAE
LOCATION AND SURROUNDINGS:
This magnificent hotel, can easily be reached by car, train or public bus from Athens, and from Athens International Airport within two to two and an half hours drive, on national high way. It is a magnificent five star, seaside hotel, separated from its own (30-40 meter wide and 200 long) private sandy beach (which has also a beach bar) only by a (circa) fifteen meters wide street. An impressive, (circa) 800 meters high mountain (Knimis), covered by pine trees, which rises up steeply behind the hotel, is separated from it, by a serene (500 meter wide and 900 meter long) eucalyptus forest There, one can enjoy peaceful strolls, listening to the warbling of at least four different types of birds, including nightingales. Four kilometers away from the hotel, up that mountain, after one and a half hours hike one can reach the 900 hundred old Byzantine monastery of “Metamorphosis”, which is open to the public. Thermopylae, the famous, historic battlefield, where the Greek King Leonidas of ancient Sparta, and 300 Spartans, in 480 BC, fought (and heroically died, encouraging and giving time to the rest of the ancient Greek city states to organize themselves, in order to fight against the Persians, thus, possibly saving Greece and the Greek civilization) against the huge Persian army, is only 20 kilometers away (a fifteen minute drive by taxi). A shuttle service by minibus is to take hotel guests to the site of this famous battle field in Thermopylae and to the local museum (where the ancient battle is presented in an impressive way, thanks to archeological findings and also to modern technology), as from next year. About 100 meters away from the front side of the hotel (in both directions) there is a kilometer long promenade, with a few dozens of unpretentious restaurants, tavernas, coffee shops, a few shops, and 3-4 Bars, which are located at the waterfront of a small village (“Kamena Vourla”).
PREMISES AND ROOMS:
The elegant hotel building is of a size on a human scale (three floors: groundfloor,1st and 2nd floor), and it ties in with the general environment. Seaside view and mountain view are both beautiful. The large, nicely decorated (also with paintings by internationally acclaimed Greek artists) lobby is majestic and yet lighthearted, with marble and wooden floors, and wooden wall paneling reigning supreme. This classic (and classy) hotel has 219 luxurious, nicely decorated, spacious double rooms, three (70 square meter) suites and a (200 square meter) presidential suit. Each room has it own balcony, Wi-Fi possibility, it is well equipped (with high quality toiletries) spacious bathroom and bathtub with shower. Satelite TV (with good reception of over 20 TV stations, in five languages). The main, large, sweet water swimming pool (surrounded by lawn and flowers) at the front of the hotel, is kept clean, it is 45 meters long (almost Olympic size!) and 8 to 10 meters wide, and it is beautifully landscaped (with snake like lanes on its side and flower and tree covered “islands”). The thermal pool (water temperature of circa 30 degrees centigrade) at the back of the hotel, is about 25 meters long, it is kept clean, and it offers the additional pleasure of gazing at the mountain while swimming or relaxing in it. The hotel has a marvelous Spa, which has a sea water and a thermal water indoor swimming pools. It offers a wide range of massages, beauty and relaxation treatments. The main restaurant is large. There is ample space between tables. There are four well equipped conference rooms. While I stayed there for a fortnight, three congresses (one of them international, on thermal tourism) and a wedding reception, were successfully accommodated in them. Late at night, the area immediately surrounding the hotel is very quiet, and one can marvel looking at the stars.
All staff, at all levels, are most courteous, efficient, well trained and experienced. It was the fourth year running that I stayed in this hotel, and almost all staff who I saw, was the same – a token of their competence and ethos. Housekeeping is truly excellent. Reception desk, Spa, Restaurant and Bar staff are exemplary.
FOOD, DRINKS, ENTERTAINMENT AND CLIENTELE:
The cuisine at this hotel is admirable offering a wide choice of delicious Greek, Italian and Chinese dishes,prepared by a most talented Chef and his crew. There is a wide selection of good, mainly Greek wines. All non-alcoholic and alcoholic drinks (including cocktails) at the Bar are international and of well known brands. I noticed, that all drinks were the same for guests staying with “all inclusive” arrangements as for those guests staying on individual booking. There was piano music and singing at the weekends, when I stayed there in late May. Thre is a tennis court and a 5X5 football court). Guests were from Belgium, France, Switzerland, Israel, Russia, Poland, Italy and Greece, mainly adults of all ages, but also some children, all well behaved.
What I liked the most about this magnificent, good value for money, hotel, is that it combines serenity, beauty (of the natural surroundings and of the hotel premises), high quality services and delectable cuisine on the one hand, with the possibility to enjoy swimming, hiking and a little sightseeing on the other. I will definitely stay in this wonderful hotel again in the years to come, and I also unreservedly recommend it to other people (couples with young children, couples of all ages and solo guests) and also to Organizations (Greek and International) which would like to have a Conference or a Congress in it.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Right in front of the beach of Kamena Vourla, this hotel is just 90min drive from Athens. Lamia city is only 15 minutes drive. The hotel prouds itself to be one of the most prestigious spa resorts in Greece with ideal location in front of the beach and thermal waters coming directly from the mountain Knimis. A family resort with variety of kids' entertainment and Spa facilities in an area of 3000m2 for the adults. An successful combination for the most relaxing holidays. The rooms are very wide and comfortable. They offer either double or twin beds, they have carpet and they are very elegant and cozy. Large bathroom, wardrobe, bathrobes and slippers, mini bar (with fee), bath amenities and free internet in the room are some key features. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Mitsis Galini Wellness Spa And Resort
- Mitsis Galini Wellness Hotel Kamena Vourla
- Galini Hotel
- Mitsis Hotel Kaména Voúrla